Verizon Business said the carrier and its Asian partners in the Trans-Pacific Express Consortium undersea cable to China will have the cable activated earlier than originally scheduled, turning on capacity in July of this year, instead of August. The new timing will allow the cable to support 1.28 Tbps at the outset, which will help handle the high volume of Internet traffic that could be generated by the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Testing on a portion the 11,000-mile cable should begin next month. Verizon's partners on the project include China Telecom, China Netcom, China Unicom, Korea Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan.
The update comes amid great activity in the undersea cable business, as new entrants eye the trans-Pacific market, and the industry continues to analyze what happened when cable in the Mediterranean Sea recently were cut.
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